Summer Legal Institute – Washington D.C.


Hosted by Howard University School of Law

Applications will open up January of 2018. Please, check back then!

The Washington, DC SLI is a fun, educational, and interactive program hosted by Howard University School of Law (2900 Van Ness St NW, Washington, DC). The SLI provides high school students with exposure to legal careers, the opportunity to build legal and professional skills, and connections with judges, lawyers, and other leaders in the legal profession. The program is FREE to all students, with public transportation passes available to students who express a need. Housing is not available; students travelling from a distance further than the metro area are required to arrange for their own housing.

Students who participate in the Summer Legal Institute will:
 Study the legal system and how it works alongside attorney and judge volunteers;
 Build leadership and teamwork skills;
 Analyze selected cases, debate legal issues and participate in both a mock trial and an oral argument;
 Gain an understanding of the real-life aspects of practicing law at a law firm or corporation;
 Develop contacts with legal professionals and organizations that provide scholarships, internships and mentors; and
 Receive guidance about the college and law school admissions processes, as well as financial aid resources.*

* Parents, guardians, and mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the closing ceremony on Friday, July 21, 2017 to learn the steps involved in helping students navigate the process of taking standardized tests, applying to college, exploring financial aid and working toward the ultimate goal of attending law school.

For further program information, call 312-258-5930 or visit

The SLI is open to students who will be high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2017 and the program is FREE to all students. Enrollment is limited to 40 students. Students may apply online OR using a paper application; please do not submit both online and in paper. Online submissions are preferred.

To apply online, click here and include:
1. Completed answers to the questions on the online form.

2. Your Statement of Interest. On a separate piece of paper, please submit a paragraph telling us about yourself and discussing why you would like to participate in this program. Be sure to include your name on the statement.

3. An unofficial copy of your current progress report or report card (official transcript not required).

4. A letter of recommendation from a non-family member who knows you well. The recommendation letter should include: (a) the writer’s name, title and contact information; (b) the writer’s relationship to the applicant; (c) the length of time the writer has known the applicant; and (d) why the writer believes the applicant should participate in the Summer Legal Institute.